Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham

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'''Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium is a 40,000-seat stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, United States. Primarily used for American football, it is the home field of the Duke Blue Devils. It opened in 1929 with a game against Pitt, as the first facility in Duke's new west campus. Originally named Duke Stadium, it was renamed in 1967 for football coach Wallace Wade and has remained Wallace Wade Stadium ever since.HistoryThe stadium is notable for being the site of the 1942 Rose Bowl Game. Duke had won the invitation to the game as the eastern representative. However, the attack on Pearl Harbor, just weeks after the end of the 1941 season, led to fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast. General John L. DeWitt, commander of the Western Defense Command, advised the Tournament of Roses Association not to hold the game at the Rose Bowl Stadium itself, since he was not willing to take a chance on the Japanese choosing to stage a bombing raid on a stadium with over 90,000 people in attendance. Soon afterward, the government banned all large public gatherings on the West Coast, which ruled out Bell Field on the campus of Oregon State, the host team from the PCC, as an alternative venue. The Tournament of Roses Association originally planned to cancel the game, but Duke officials invited the Rose Bowl and Oregon State to Durham to play the game. The offer was accepted, and on a cold, rainy January 1, 1942, 56,000 fans, 22,000 of whom sat on bleachers borrowed from nearby NC State and UNC, watched the heavily favored Blue Devils fall to the strong defense of the Beavers 20-16. It is still the only time the game has been played outside of Pasadena, California.
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  • The new renovations really make this stadium a great place to visit for a football game. There are a lot of food options as well.  more »
  • My wife and I recently went to a game here as fans of the away team. The people were all good to us and the stadium really was quite nice if not terribly modern. From our seats it looked like there we...  more »
  • Newly refurbished Wallace Wade stadium is a real up-grade from years past. And a pre-game visit to the Duke sports museum is a must (even if you aren't a Duke fan -- lots of fun memorabilia). But I wr...  more »
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  • This review is a little different. I am rating as a photographer photographing night games. It is a very good venue for photographers. The lighting is great, bright white with no flicker or cycling. The sidelines are also very good, enough room to move and the artificial turf gives good footing. The press box and media areas are also fine. The staff works hard to make sure you have what you need. 5 stars!
  • Really had a great time at the Pitt vs Duke football game, Pitt won! Let's go Pitt!!!! :)
  • Nice stadium!! Friendly and updated!! You can get a great view from every seat!!!
  • Pretty decent stadium. The boxes are quite the luxury. They even hand you a statsheet during half time. Next level.
  • Coming from the Big 12, this stadium is cute. However, it's clean, the staff are efficient and helpful, and the way the stadium is set up makes seeing the field extremely easy. It's small, but a good place for ACC games.

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